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Montana State Nickname

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Silver photo courtesy of Mineral Information Institute (used by permission). All State Nicknames.

"The Treasure State"

The official nickname for Montana is The Treasure State because of its rich mineral reserves. The mountains of Montana have yielded fortunes in gold and silver since the first substantial deposits were discovered in the mid 1800's (Montana's state motto is Oro y Plata - Spanish for "gold and silver "). Montana also has sapphires (the most valuable gemstone found in America).

"Big Sky Country"

Another nickname for Montana is "Big Sky Country," made popular by a Montana State Highway Department promotion in the 1960's (originating from a book by Alfred Bertram Guthrie Jr. titled Big Sky).

Montana bicentennial quarter - click to see all state quarters
Montana became the 41st state in 1889 (see Statehood Order). Montana's state quarter features a bison skull, mountains, the Missouri river, and the state nickname: Big Sky Country (public domain image on Wikipedia). All state quarters - All State Nicknames. Montana USA - click to see all state nicknames
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Montana Facts and Figures: MontanaKids
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